Even if it won't take the form of a tribute show like the one concocted by the Francos de Montréal, the Festival d'été de Québec claims to have found a way to salute the memory of Karim Ouellet .
Several artists from the program were invited to pay tribute to Ouellet, who died in January at the age of 37, by covering one of his songs or simply by saying a word about him, during their concert.
According to the director of programming, Louis Bellavance, the answer is good and will make it possible to sprinkle the tribute to the singer-songwriter from Quebec over twelve days.
“ During the last 48 hours, I received confirmations from four important artists. In this way, we reach many more artists than if we had done a concert. »
Following the show Bye Bye Bye Karim: the vigil of friendswhich was presented at the Francos, relatives of the deceased said they regretted that no tribute was paid to him at his home in Quebec.
The Festival d'été has confirmed that approaches have been made to Karim Ouellet's entourage, without the whole thing leading to the organization of a show.
“The discussions took place very early, well before the Francos, and at that time, the entourage was emotional. It was difficult to channel the energies. We had several meetings and I felt, at one point, that it was difficult,” says Louis Bellavance.
He also mentioned a question of time since he had an opportunity that 'he didn't want to miss the time slot intended for Karim Ouellet and he had to move forward.
Ludacris on the Plains
By Elsewhere, the FEQ has announced some additions and changes to its 2022 programming.
Among the main ones, let's note the announcement that the American artist of Mexican origin Becky G will be the first part of Luis Fonsi, on July 14.
Rapper Ludacris comes to strike in relief of 2 Chainz, who withdrew from the July 10 hip-hop party, headlined by Suicideboys. The Quebec group Vulgaires Machins will play before the arrival of Rage Against The Machine, on July 16, replacing Grandson.
The organizers also announced the artists on the Extras FEQ poster, at the end of evening, at the Armory. In order, we will see Busty and the Bass, Meghan Patrick, Les Louanges, Jazz Cartier, Spin Doctors, Five Alarm Funk, Félix Cartal, Alex Sensation, Bran Van 3000, Death From Above 1979 and July Talk.
Ari Cui Cui, Arthur l'aventurier, Brimbelle and Caillou will host the youth stage.
A new stage, which can be set up and taken down in ten days less than the old one, will be erected on the Plains of Abraham after the National Day. Main novelty: the number of giant screens will increase from two to five.